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Sep. 25th, 2015

09:04 am - I'm famous!

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Not really, but I wrote a guest post for a social science blog and they just published it:

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In case you're not keen to read the whole thing, here's the tl:dr:

If you ban a previously legal substance, people will only stop using it if it's not as good as illegal alternatives.

Or, No Shit Sherlock.

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From:fbhjr
Date:September 24th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!
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From:nick_101
Date:September 25th, 2015 06:36 am (UTC)
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Congrats, it's great.
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:September 25th, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
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Wow, that's a good point that people would not bother with the "softer" ex-legal drug when the legal state of a "better/stronger" drug has the same legal implications. Never thought about that.

As for adverse events... I would guess that most people who took a non prescription drug they bought on the street somewhere would not call an ambulance when they got sick and told them "I took this drug there and now I'm feeling sick". A lot of people would hope it went away (which in most cases it probably does) or lie to their doctors ("I ain't done nothing, Doctor House!"). I mean that in contrast to prescription drugs where every fart is reported to the doctor and logged as an AE, eventually leading to the strangest rare side effects n the package insert. I would think the dark figures would be much higher.

Great article altogether! Congrats for getting published :)

Edited at 2015-09-25 07:00 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2015 07:45 am (UTC)
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I think you're probably right about adverse events with illicit drugs being underreported, and licit ones being over reported. In this case, there was a corresponding panic in the media because most people thought the goverment had legalised drugs.

Combined with sensationalist media reports and the fact that it was a new type of drug that people didn't know much about and that it was legal, I think it's likely that adverse incidents with synthetic cannabis were overreported too.

And, thanks! Blogs are much nicer to write than academic papers.
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:September 25th, 2015 07:52 am (UTC)
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Tell me about it! I still have an academic paper to write *sigh* :)
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From:clevermanka
Date:September 25th, 2015 02:16 pm (UTC)
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That's fantastic! Congratulations! Also, yes, people are idiots. When will TPTB figure it out? Prohibition doesn't work.
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From:raincitygirl
Date:September 26th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
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You're famous!!!

I read it, and I don't really have anything intelligent to say except I thought it was really well-written.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:September 26th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Similar findings I hear about more involve pirating movies and music. People want (or need) what they want (or need) and will do what they have to to get it, unless there is an easy alternative.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:September 26th, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Also, congratulations!
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From:kehleyr
Date:September 29th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Aw congrats lady!
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